Posted by ESC on May 28, 2007

In Reply to: Extras posted by Tanemon on May 28, 2007

: Is there a phrase or short saying describing having all the "extras" or luxuries while losing sight of the essentials or basics? I mean something that gets at the non-functionality of that sort of situation.

There's "bells and whistles" (see archives -
www.phrases.org.uk bulletin_board 26 messages 897.html ) but I don't believe that actually means functionality is lost. How about "form over substance." When a person or organization cares more about how something appears than how it actually addresses getting the job done.